China’s Electric Car Drive: Impressive, But Not Enough
China's electric vehicle program is the world's most ambitious, but a new World Bank report raises questions on sustainability.
Rapid motorization in China has made it the world's largest auto market, and government support for plug-in vehicles has made the nation a target for the electric vehicle ambitions on display at this week's Shanghai auto show.
But China's impressive efforts on electric cars do not necessarily put the nation on the road to an environmentally sustainable transportation system, concludes a study released today (pdf) by the World Bank.
As more people in China swap their bikes, scooters, public transit and walking for passenger cars, the World Bank is stepping back to plot its strategy for helping China improve its transportation system.
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The World Bank has lent $46 billion globally in the transport sector since